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Black Arts Center

Arts center empowering Black kids to speak up and use art as a lever for change

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Black youth in Minnesota face many obstacles that affect their ability to succeed. Support them by helping us build the Black Arts Center. It will serve a Black-run nonprofit, 30,000 Feet, which offers free programs in art and technology to keep Black youth out of the prison system and lead them to a better future.

education . poverty.. social justice

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Designed

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Built

Impacting

36%

$1,500,000 goal

Pledge $100,000 or more

Sponsors Plaque

○ your name on a plaque by entrance
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report

Pledge $400,000 or more

Studio Room named after you

○ art studio named after you
○ ribbon cutting ceremony
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report

Pledge $1,000,000 or more

Art Center named after you

○ center dedicated in your name
○ ribbon cutting ceremony
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report


About 30,000 Feet

30,000 Feet inspires and teaches Black youth to utilize art to make their community a better place. It also helps teens with a juvenile record get apprenticeships in software engineering and coding. 

Since 2013, the organization has helped more than 2,000 students move out of poverty and toward high-wage careers. But because they lack a dedicated space, they can’t serve everyone or run all the high impact programs the kids need.

About the Black Arts Center

The Black Arts Center (BAC) will allow their impact to expand and touch more lives. Not only will it provide the organization with a permanent, one-of-a-kind space in the community, but it will also elevate the quality of their work. 

It will create a space for students to produce art that sparks dialogue and social change and allow the organization to hire social workers to meet the needs of youth and families.

We’re on the front lines and know what our community needs. This will be the first space dedicated to Black kids in St. Paul.

Kevin Robinson, 30,000 Feet

Inspire Black artists

The BAC will be a hub for creative expression — a place for students to learn from Black artists, display their own work in a special gallery area, and host art shows that spark change in Minnesota. 

Lack of representation can make minorities feel like imposters in a traditional school setting, which leads to lower confidence, so having a place where students can work with artists who look like them is essential to boosting their confidence and cultivating a sense of belonging.

Support different types of learners

The BAC will be a safe space for all students no matter their learning style. Research shows certain demographics don’t perform as well in lecture-style spaces, which is why the BAC will be designed with diverse learning environments, such as mentoring pods, art and music production studios, and a multi-purpose classroom.

Economic opportunity for families

Supporting kids means also supporting their parents. That’s why we’re hiring minority businesses owners to build the Black Arts Center.

By sponsoring this project, you’ll give Black business owners over a million dollars in economic opportunity.

Get involved

The Black Arts Center will be a place where Black kids feel at home. Become a sponsor and make a real difference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Every $100,000 you give helps 300 kids achieve success. How many children do you want to help?

Pledge $100,000 or more

Sponsors Plaque

○ your name on a plaque by entrance
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report

Pledge $400,000 or more

Studio Room named after you

○ art studio named after you
○ ribbon cutting ceremony
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report

Pledge $1,000,000 or more

Art Center named after you

○ center dedicated in your name
○ ribbon cutting ceremony
○ your name in the press release
○ press kit with project assets
○ impact report